VDH, Dollar General partner to offer COVID-19 vaccine


RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Dollar General are teaming up to provide COVID-19 vaccines at no cost at select store locations across the Commonwealth. 

The pilot program began Tuesday, Nov. 2, and is set to run through Monday, Nov. 22 at participating locations.

“This partnership will add to the existing vaccination opportunities around the Commonwealth and serve to make vaccination more easily accessible to Virginians living in communities where there are vulnerable populations,” said COVID-19 Pharmacy Coordinator Alexis Page, PharmD, BCACP. “The vaccine is more than 99 percent effective, and vaccination is essential in stopping the spread of the virus.”

Health officials say the clinics will offer the Pfizer vaccine to individuals 12 years and older who have not received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Doses will also be available for those seeking their second or third doses or booster shots. 

Pediatric doses, for kids 5-11 years of age, will not be available during the initial roll-out of the pilot program.

“Dollar General’s footprint in Virginia provides an opportunity to offer residents convenient, local access to the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Andrea Coulter, Dollar General’s vice president of store operations. “Dollar General is committed to being a part of the solution to combat COVID-19 and provide greater access to those who are seeking the vaccine.”

The following locations will be offering the vaccine, but dates and times for other locations will be announced at a later date:

  • 3350 Chesapeake Boulevard in Norfolk
    • Thursday, Nov. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m.
    • Sunday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Nov. 10 from noon to 4 p.m.
  • 2622 Courtland Road in South Prince George
    • Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 3 7 p.m.
  • 502 W. Main Street in Stanley
    • Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 2 to 6 p.m.

To find a vaccination site near you, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or vaccinefinder.org. You can learn more about the vaccine, its safety and answers to frequently asked questions at VDH’s website and CDC’s website.

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